NOV 03, 2018 11:40 PM PDT

Why Does Your Tooth Hurt Biting into Candies?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

After Halloween, eating so much candy and not following good hygiene protocols may cause cavities. However, what makes chomping onto a chocolate bar (or other candies) such sudden tooth pain?

The answer may be in dentin hypersensitivity (or a.k.a sensitive teeth)!

Dentin hypersensitivity is s common condition associated mostly with the consumption of really hot or cold drinks but may also arise from eating foods with high sugar content, like in this case, candies. Dentin, in teeth anatomy, is the second layer of your tooth that is porous and made of microscopic tubules filled with fluid.

When the first layer of your teeth (the enamel) is worn way—then dentin is exposed and due to its exposed surface mixing with sweet stuff often leads to pain.

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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